Ever since I first saw the Nexus 9, I didn’t quite like its form factor. It’s like an uglier, wider iPad and that’s confirmed to me today by one of the device’s first unboxings, done below by Phone Arena. The box keeps the HTC logo to a minimum and it’s a clear white and blue packaging.


The general design of the box reminds me of the HTC handset packages and inside we find the slate wrapped in plastic, the manuals shaped like coasters and the obvious accessories. I’m talking about the charger and USB cable. The tablet itself has a soft touch back and seen from the back side, this device looks like two Nexus 7 2013 units glued together side by side. It’s also slightly curved at the edges and gets fingerprints on it easily, but they’re gone in seconds.

The product is priced at $399 for the 16 GB WiFi model, plus you can find a 32 GB one for $479 and a $599 one for 32 GB with LTE. This is an 8.9 inch 2048 x 1536 pixel IPS LCD slate, with an 8 megapixel back camera, the 64 bit flavour of the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor inside and a 6700 mAh battery, as well as Android 5.0 Lollipop on board.

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  • JohnnyL53

    What type of form factor would have been more preferable? More square? How about taller and narrower? Or the converse, narrower and wider? I thought it had the same aspect ratio as the ipad so other than bezel width it should be slightly smaller given that it is just an 8.9″ tablet. When you make these kind of comments it would have been helpful to elaborate a little more.

  • DeianStancu

    If you have an untrained eye like yours, you can’t see the fact that iPad has significantly narrower bezels. So, total waste of space for Nexus. At least, the Apple toy has a Home button, which is useful for some.